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Zwolf
05-26-2009, 01:03 PM
Ello,

Decided to do the SpinCycle as my first bike. I had all the parts kicking around and it seemed like a pretty easy place to start and practice my welding. Haven't welded in a couple years. Anyways, here is a couple pictures...

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2387.jpg

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2395.jpg

Hope those go through ok...

Anyways, the head tube looked like it was at an angle I could work with and was already gusseted, so I figured I would give it a go as it was. The handle bars, front fork, and chain stays are from a different bike than the head tube. I did check before I got this far and the fork does fit into the head tube. ;) My drive tire has a kick back break on it. We wanna find out if it will cause the bike to spin easier/quicker or if it'll just screw us up. Either way, it'll be nice to have a break on the bike in case of cars. For the boom and seating area I got some angle iron that I am gonna cap off with some 16 gage steel to make a triangle tube.

So yeah, that's where I am. Gonna eat my lunch now before it gets cold. :D

Patrike
05-26-2009, 08:07 PM
yep - you will spinning out in no time -- think I will make one for the kids when my deck is finished.

Zwolf
05-26-2009, 09:26 PM
Wow, I forgot how horrible I am at Stick welding. My weld look like snot... But, it'll hold and it's just a beat on bike to practice my welding anyways. May end up taking it apart and rebuild it latter probably to make it look nicer. For now, it's just to do something and play with. I should have some more pictures tomorrow and I am optimistically looking forward to a test drive late tomorrow or Thursday.

Patrike
05-26-2009, 10:11 PM
[QUOTE=Zwolf;25029]Wow, I forgot how horrible I am at Stick welding. My weld look like snot... QUOTE]

that's one hard booger! :jester:

mkane53
05-29-2009, 04:28 PM
You're probably just out of practice. It'll come back to you. Spend a couple of hours just practicing before you start attaching major sections together.

Also don't forget .... Your angle grinder is your friend! It can make the most heinous welds look smooth as silk. It just takes a bit longer. Judicious use of same can make a DaVinci out of a house-painter.

And ... as my big bro would say: "Putty and paint for what the carpenter ain't" As long as it sticks together you can fix the looks.


Wow, I forgot how horrible I am at Stick welding. My weld look like snot... But, it'll hold and it's just a beat on bike to practice my welding anyways. May end up taking it apart and rebuild it latter probably to make it look nicer. For now, it's just to do something and play with. I should have some more pictures tomorrow and I am optimistically looking forward to a test drive late tomorrow or Thursday.

Zwolf
05-29-2009, 08:14 PM
I always sucked at Stick. But it's neither here nor there now. I got some Argon last night so I am back to TIGing. So yeah. I would have posted some more progress pics, but I been busy having fun with me TIG. So yeah, I hope to have some more pictures tomorrow maybe... or something...

Zwolf
05-31-2009, 12:36 PM
So, ok, after a bunch of problems, I got the thing finished today. We decided to call her junk pile cause that's where I got all the parts for her was out of a junk pile. But anyways, I got her all finished and she glided around pretty good with out a rider on, so we took her down to a little parking lot at the park...

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2417.jpg

So then we had to decide who went first. It was previously decided I wasn't going to be going first since when I sat on it earlier to see where to put the handle bars I flipped over backwards because of leg length I had to sit behind the back wheels. Besides the cheap laugh, it was unsuccessful there. ...I'll wait till you stop giggling...

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2418.jpg

Ok then, so the kid who was helping me earlier got to go first. And it spun pretty good, but he was to short to fully reach the peddles, so he did a lot of fishtailing trying to peddle too we just gave him a shove to get going. So now the other one takes a turn and can actually reach the peddles and does pretty good. So here I am thinking this is a success... Wow was I wrong... So the first one gets back one it and I tell him to try out the kick breaks to see how it works out for him. As he peddles, he hits the kick breaks and whips around like a mother blender and we hear a slight grating noise. As he come to a stop I see that the metal around one of my welds has torn apart the the bottom is now resting on the pavement and there is a bit of a gouge now.

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2419.jpg

Yes, I know. As you can probably see I didn't solid weld all the pipes all the way around. I didn't cause the gaps were huge and I didn't want to fill the that much filler metal in there and I hadn't gotten my angle grinder yet to make proper cuts and I was tired of the hack saw, and it was just a learning experiment. So... Yeah. I plan to make another one at some point using most of the front end there, and I have some beefy pipe I am gonna use for it. But for now, that's on hold and I'm gonna start my full size adult bike that I can ride around with the family on.

http://i601.photobucket.com/albums/tt95/Zwolf_AZ/SpinCycle/DSCF2420.jpg

That's my story in a nut shell. Wish me luck on the next build. :rockon:

Radical Brad
05-31-2009, 01:11 PM
Sometimes crash tests are almost as fun as a successful test flight!

Brad